Joe4D has clearly never seen the way a horse can benefit from a good chiro (or a proper adjustment, for that matter), but we are all entitled to our opinions.
No single horseperson in my life has provided me as much education about healthy movement than my equine chiro, and that includes my vet. A good chiro will spend a generous amount of time watching your horse walked and trotted from many angles-- don't be afraid to ask for what they're looking for, what they're seeing, etc. A good chiro should have a trained eye for spotting any and every deviation from "healthy" movement (changes in tracking, stride, symmetry) and for identifying proper or improper muscular development. My chiro talks to her assistant and me constantly about what she is doing, where she is looking-- if yours doesn't, don't be afraid ask every question that comes to mind. It's important as momma moneybags to understand what you are paying your chiro to do, and how it will help your horse.
Your chiro will/should advise you how to proceed after the adjustment, but at the bare minimum, my chiro advises no cantering or tight circles for 3 days post-adjustment. Muscle takes time to adapt to a skeletal adjustment in order prevent things from popping right back to the way they were before.
I could go on for days, but I will say that my gelding visibly loves getting adjusted, and it has improved his movement tremendously. I've heard people say this before and thought "pshaw, that's your wallet talking..." but it's really quite true. His adjustments help keep us relaxed and moving strong.
So... tldr; I love my chiro & ask lots of questions because you should be able to identify the things your chiro is seeing, and understand how changing them will benefit your horse.
Last edited by existentialpony; 03-06-2013 at 04:49 PM.